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My Favourite Underrated Movies #2

We all have them…films that we love, but that other people barely even known about. Films that are our absolute favourite, but friends have never heard of.

So, with some sharing, how about we lessen that gap? I’ll share mine with you and you can share yours with me.

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Streets of Fire (1984)

15 | 1h 33min | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 June 1984 (USA)

Rock and Roll singer is taken captive by a motorcycle gang in a strange world that seems to be a cross of the 1950’s and the present or future. Her ex-boyfriend returns to town and to find her missing and goes to her rescue.

~ Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

Reason I love it: Great music. Michael Pare is a total hottie in the film. And your typical 80’s street gang strife.
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Radioland Murders (1994)

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In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America’s airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn’t enough, Penny Henderson, the owner’s secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who desperately wants her back. As the broadcast begins, a mysterious voice breaks the broadcast and suddenly members of the cast turn up dead. It’s up to her husband Roger, to find out whodunit as the police chase him through the halls of WBN.
Reason I love it: The headliners mentioned on the posters – both incredible actors. I love the music, the slapstick comedy and with a good murder mystery thrown in, what’s not to love?
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Ruthless People (1986)

18 | 1h 33min | Comedy, Crime | 1 August 1986 (UK)
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Slime ball businessman Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) plots to murder his horrible wife (Bette Midler) for her money, so he can marry his mistress Carol Dodsworth (Anita Morris). He can’t believe his luck when she is kidnapped by Ken (Judge Reinhold) and Sandy (Helen Slater) Kessler who wanted revenge from Sam for stealing their savings, and Sandy’s money making fashion design, then marketing it as his own. When Barbara learns of what Sam has done to this couple and then realizes that he isn’t doing anything to secure her release, she becomes friends with her kidnapper and they plan to teach Sam a lesson.

Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

Reason I love it: Ugh! What’s not to love? Bette Midler, for a start. And Danny DeVito? A plot for revenge, murder and blackmail? Fantastic comedy, with classic, brilliant actors.
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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes (original title)
12 | 2h 10min | Drama | 13 March 1992 (UK)

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920’s Alabama. Through Idgie’s inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny.

Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

Reason I love it: For me, this is the ultimate friendship movie. Through hilarious mishaps, heartbreaking tragedies and the unlikely friendship between two women, I love everything about this.
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Dangerous Minds (1995)

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Reason I love it: . Michelle Pfeiffer. A female ex-marine. And that scene about remembering to knock. I well up every time.
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Freedom Writers (2007)

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A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Reason I love it: Honestly, I’m not a Hilary Swank fan, but this one always gets to me. It’s based on a true story, about a bunch of at-risk students who read Anne Frank’s Diary – among other off-curricular books – thanks to a young teacher. The journey they go on after that crosses boundaries, in and out of the class room.
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Stick It (2006)

PG-13 | 1h 43min | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 13 October 2006 (UK)
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After a run-in with the law, Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is forced to return to the world from which she fled some years ago. Enrolled in an elite gymnastics program run by the legendary Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges), Haley’s rebellious attitude gives way to something that just might be called team spirit.
Reason I love it: Miss Peregrym, for a start. It was only because I’d seen this and loved it that I even bothered to watch Rookie Blue. It’s funny, kind of hits you in the gut, and makes you feel good for being the odd one out.
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